In recent days both Pfizer and Moderna have released news about their on-going efforts to produce a Covid-19 vaccine to combat the Coronavirus global pandemic. Pfizer, together with German partner, BioNTech, have announced that their vaccine is around 90% effective while Moderna have claimed that their Coronavirus vaccine is effective in almost 95% of cases during phase III clinical trials.
Both products are in the final stretch of the race to be commercialised and still require approval from the FDA but the question which must now be asked by Spaniards is when will they be available for use in Spain?
Moderna have said that their vaccine would be supplied through two different distribution channels for the USA and Europe and while the product is expected to roll out in the USA by the end of 2020, no firm announcement has been made as to when it will be available to distribute in Europe.
Each country is currently negotiating individually and the vaccine is still subject to approval by the European Medicines Agency and the general feeling is that the vaccine will be available for distribution in Europe by early 2021.
Since July, when development was at an advanced stage, the European Commission has been negotiating the purchase of an additional 160 million doses of the Moderna vaccine. Furthermore, the EC have already confirmed that it will be purchasing 300 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine, some 30 million of which are destined for Spain.